2019 - 2020 Season

All performances are at the Guignol Theatre in the Fine Arts Building, 465 Rose Street, unless otherwise noted
Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more available by calling the Singletary Center Ticket Office: 859-257-4929, 405 Rose Street. Not available online.
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The 2019-2020 Season is proudly sponsored by Donut Days Bakery.
Media sponsor: WUKY

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Black & 25 in America

Black & 25 in America

September 13 & 14, 2019

Written and performed by Jeremy Gillett

Written and performed by University of Kentucky Theatre Alum Class of 2016 Jeremy Gillett, this one-man play explores the experience of being a young, Black adult in today’s America. Award-winning actor/playwright Gillett embodies multiple characters going through a diverse range of experiences from “Big Man” – the high school football star trying to escape a life of poverty and crime, to “Marcy” – a biracial woman who struggles to navigate two identities, and “Darron” – a closeted gay man from a deeply religious family. Before “Black-ish,” “This Is Us,” or “The Chi” – Gillett was developing his story as an undergraduate at UK and returns home to share his voice with the audiences that first inspired him. 

$15, $10 for students
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Cabaret

Cabaret

October 31 - November 3, 2019

Directed by Anne McAlexander

“There was a cabaret and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world….and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep.” The Berlin Stories, Christopher Isherwood.  

When American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, takes a train to Berlin in 1931, his life is forever changed. Join Cliff, Sally, the Emcee and the dancers of the Kit Kat Club on a seductive journey through the decadent cabaret lifestyle and seedy underground of Weimar Berlin as the shadow of Nazism slowly begins to creep into life as they know it.  

Winner of 12 Tony Awards and 8 Academy Awards. 

$20, $15 for students
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Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Broadway production directed by Harold Prince
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Harold Prince

CABARET is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK www.tamswitmark.com

Machinal

Machinal

December 5 - 8, 2019

By Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Christina Ritter

"The Plot is the story of a woman who murders her husband - an ordinary young woman, any woman." 

So begins Sophie Treadwell's Expressionistic play about a woman’s monotonous life in the “machine” of industrialized capitalism.  An unflinching and poignant examination of the working class, Machinal tells its social commentary in an evocatively theatrical way – unafraid to dive into topics like homosexuality and abortion, this groundbreaking work premiered nearly a century ago and still resonates to the 21st century audience. 

$15, $10 for students
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Machinal is presented through special arrangement with The Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Tucson.

Bike America

Bike America

February 13 - 16, 2020

By Mike Lew, Directed by Peter Stone

Pedaling across America from Boston to California, Penny is looking to have her very own Eat-Pray-Love experience. This modern bicycle odyssey takes our aimless heroine through small towns and big cities as she encounters a colorful bunch of fellow travelers along the way. Is Penny having a “millennial moment” or is this the genuine right-of-passage journey every generation has earned? 

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Bike America is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Amplified Dance Concert

Amplified Dance Concert

March 6 - 8, 2020

$15, $10 for students
Reserved Seating

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The Department of Theatre and Dance presents its 9th Annual dance Concert, Amplified. Amplified offers an enticing program featuring new dance works in a variety of genres from dance faculty, guest artists, and a UK dance student. Each choreographic work uses movement to celebrate the art form, explore issues and topics, and ultimately bring people together through the power of dance. 


About the Works

After a week-long residency, Louisville-based choreographer and Louisville Ballet dancer Sanjay Saverimuttu developed a new ensemble dance work. His new work “Against the Waves” is inspired by the real-life story of Sonali Deraniyagala, a survivor of the 2004 tsunami that hit the west coast of Sri Lanka. Saverimuttu not only depicts the story of how Deraniyagala lost her parents, husband, and two children to the deadly waves but also her emotional recovery and how one deals with grief after such a life altering event.  This dance work is an exploration of how one doesn’t necessarily get past grief, but healing can only begin by confronting one’s memories, not ignoring them. Music for this piece is by the all-female group, AVA, from their album, Waves. As a queer Sri Lankan–American, Saverimuttu aims to create dance that provides audiences with an emotional connection to perspectives outside the realm of what is typical for classical ballet. His work creates a safe space for audiences to see themselves, learn, and expand their scope of understanding.  Those who wish to learn more of Deraniyagala’s story are encouraged to read her debut memoir, “Wave.” 

“Points of Origin” by dance faculty Stephanie Harris is a collaborative dance work which explores structured improvisation within the live performance setting and seeks to answer the question “What do we bring into a performance space with us and how do those aspects of our being influence how a dance work can be shaped?” During each performance the dancers will seek to find form within a world of their own making that they will navigate collectively. The work will be embedded with cues created during the rehearsal process that will lead the dancers through the work accordingly. Concepts such as embracing stillness, discovering multiplicities for moment, spontaneous flight and learning how to yield have inspired this work. 

Choreographer and dance faculty Theresa Bautista is an avid people watcher and human behavior is often a source of inspiration for many of her works. Her latest rumination on society began when she walked through the University of Kentucky campus and wondered why some of her students would greet her and others obviously pretended not to see her. When it is human nature to create community, what goes into making the choice to engage or evade? Bautista’s new work, “Look ‘em in the Eye” is an abstract, non-narrative work whose movement language is developed by these observations of human encounters, whether harmonious or acrimonious, and the emotional responses to being warmly greeted, aggressively attacked or dismissively ignored. This work will represent the Department of Theatre and Dance at the American College Dance Association Conference March 14-17 on UK’s campus.  

Guest choreographer Jade Bloshuk set “Centerfold” on eight dance majors and minors in four days. “Centerfold” premiered at the University of Florida Fall BFA Showcase “Unhinged” in 2018. “Centerfold” had the opportunity to be presented once again at the American College Dance Association Conference adjudication concert and later selected to be performed in the ACDA Southeastern Gala Concert in Oxford, Mississippi. “Centerfold” is a choreographic exploration of gender roles in media. This piece focuses on the stereotyping of women that occurs throughout mass media channels. Through daily media onslaughts, many people are exposed to unrealistic ideas of what proper female behavior is, the normality of inappropriate relationships between men and women, and the overall underrepresentation of realistic depictions of women. The work seeks to illuminate the developmental effect media has on society; it colors our relationships, goals, and values.  

Sylvannah Regalado is a sophomore dance and pre-pharmacy major. Her work “IT’S AL-WHITE" was selected to represent student choreography in the concert. “IT’S AL-WHITE"  are pieces of a story that have been collected throughout Sylvannah’s journey of moving to and growing up in America. It integrates the emotions of stepping into the unknown and moving through bouts of confusion. As a young Filipino-American woman she has faced discrimination and racism. Her work reflects on the internal and external pressures that result from exclusion and self-doubt. It also incorporates the feelings that come with true discomfort and dislike in your own body. “IT’S AL-WHITE" strives to provide a new perspective and self-reflection for the audience. Sylvannah hopes to keep the conversation going. This work will represent the Department’s student choreography at the American College Dance Association Conference March 14-17 on UK’s campus. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream - POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 2020

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Adapted by Stephen Wrentmore
April 23 - 26, 2020
POSTPONED

“It’s the world turned upside down; through thunder and rain it finds a new normality,” Stephen Wrentmore, director/adaptor. 

Shakespeare’s Rom-Com masterpiece comes to life in this new adaptation by director Stephen Wrentmore. The world is turned upside down and the Gods walk among us, using mortals as aphrodisiacs for their own conquests and fantasies. Young lovers are enchanted by fairies, men turned into asses, and all the while, our fairy-guide Puck revels in the chaos of this mid-summer love story. “All’s well that ends well,” as long as the Gods get to have a little fun along the way.